Captain Jefferds Inn Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Kennebunkport, Maine, United States

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Pros

  • Charming, historic inn with a quiet, residential location
  • Cozy, individually decorated rooms with fireplaces
  • Free gourmet breakfast, afternoon tea, and hot cider
  • Free Wi-Fi and computer available for guest use
  • Modern amenities include iPod docks and flat-screen TVs
  • Bright sun room with plush chairs and yummy snacks
  • Free bike rentals for guests
  • Pets welcome (for a fee)

Cons

  • Communal breakfast table
  • Some weekends require a minimum stay
  • Some low ceilings in this historic home
  • Some rooms require climbing stairs

Bottom Line

This historic sea captain's home is now a charming, 15-room inn full of indulgent freebies and modern touches. It's in a quiet, residential area of Kennebunkport, within walking distance of the shops and restaurants downtown. Cozy rooms vary in size, decor, and amenities -- some have fireplaces, soaking tubs, and private entrances -- while all include modern perks such as free Wi-Fi, iPod docks, and flat-screen TVs. Free breakfasts here are a gourmet, sit-down affair, and more yummy snacks are available throughout the day, including at afternoon tea. Some couples seeking romance complain about the communal breakfast table, but with a no kids under 10 policy, the inn maintains an intimate and peaceful atmosphere.

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 Scene

Peaceful, historic inn with modern features

Sun Room at the Captain Jefferds Inn
Sun Room at the Captain Jefferds Inn

The scene at Captain Jefferds Inn is a relaxed one. Rooms offer extras such as fireplaces, soaking tubs, and overstuffed chairs (features vary), and common areas are just as welcoming. The bright sun room is a great spot to kick back while nibbling on signature oatmeal cranberry cookies, and the pretty gardens are peaceful. While the inn is known for its charming historic character, amenities -- such as free Wi-Fi, iPod docks, and flat-screen TVs -- are modern. The experience here includes many delicious free treats, from a gourmet breakfast to afternoon tea.

 Location

Near Dock Square, half a block from Kennebunk River

Captain Jefferds Inn is located in a quiet, residential district a few minutes from Dock Square in Kennebunkport. Famous for being the summer home of George H.W. Bush, Kennebunkport is a quintessential Maine town full of shops, galleries, restaurants, and beautiful coastline views.

While some parts of Maine are easily accessible by public transportation, Kennebunkport is an area where you will need a car to explore. It's also a great launching point for visiting other neighboring areas including Ogunquit, known for its long stretches of sandy beaches and as Maine's biggest LGBT destination. Another option is the town of York, home to the famous Neddick Lighthouse.

City life is nearby as well, in Portland, the largest city in Maine. One of the biggest attractions there is the historic Old Port district along the harbor. For shopping, sightseeing, and dining, check out the Arts District along Congress Street.

  • 35-minute drive from Portland, Maine and Airport
  • 100-minute drive from Boston, Massachusetts and Airport
  • 6-minute walk to downtown Kennebunkport with shops, dining, and galleries
  • 5-minute drive to Mother’s Beach, Middle Beach, and Gooch’s Beach
  • 25-minute drive to Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  • 30-minute drive to Ogunquit, Maine
  • 45-minute drive to York, Maine

 Rooms

Unique rooms with modern amenities

Soaking tub in The Adare room
Soaking tub in The Adare room

Each of the 15 rooms in Captain Jefferds Inn -- 10 in the main house and 5 in the carriage house -- are individually decorated. Some feature floral wallpaper and patterned rugs while others are more modern, with brightly painted walls and white woodwork. Both historic buildings have some rooms with lower ceilings. Amenities vary by room, and can include soaking tubs and fireplaces. All rooms have up-to-date technology: iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi.

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Flat-screen TVs, some with DVD players
  • iPod docks
  • Air conditioning
  • Captain Jefferds bath products
  • Most rooms have fireplaces (gas or wood-burning)
  • Some rooms have Jacuzzi tubs and separate double-headed showers.
  • Rooms in the separate Carriage House allow dogs (fees and restrictions apply)

 Features

Cozy common space and plenty of tempting snacks

Outdoor patio overlooking the grounds at the Captain Jefferds Inn
Outdoor patio overlooking the grounds at the Captain Jefferds Inn

While the inn doesn't have a fitness room or spa, it does offer thoughtful touches like afternoon tea and free rental bikes. During the winter, guests tend to relax by the fireplace in the living room, while in the warm summer months, they head to the cozy sun room and beautiful gardens.

  • Gourmet breakfast served at a communal table in the dining room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Afternoon tea with cookies, hors d'oeuvres, hot cider, and lemonade
  • Bright sun room with cozy couches overlooking the grounds
  • Computer and printer available for guest use
  • Beach cruisers available for guests to explore downtown Kennebunkport
  • Gift shop with signature Captain Jefferds signature souvenirs and other items

 Bottom Line

This historic sea captain's home is now a charming, 15-room inn full of indulgent freebies and modern touches. It's in a quiet, residential area of Kennebunkport, within walking distance of the shops and restaurants downtown. Cozy rooms vary in size, decor, and amenities -- some have fireplaces, soaking tubs, and private entrances -- while all include modern perks such as free Wi-Fi, iPod docks, and flat-screen TVs. Free breakfasts here are a gourmet, sit-down affair, and more yummy snacks are available throughout the day, including at afternoon tea. Some couples seeking romance complain about the communal breakfast table, but with a no kids under 10 policy, the inn maintains an intimate and peaceful atmosphere.

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 15
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
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Hotel Information

Location: Kennebunkport, Maine
Address: 5 Pearl St, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
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